Walden School is seeking a full-time Pre-K-6th grade Science and Outdoor Education teacher who is self-motivated, innovative and supportive of the mission of the school. The Walden School Science program supports a place-based pedagogy to promote children’s innate curiosity for learning through indoor and outdoor exploration, imagination and inquiry.
Fifty years ago, Walden was founded with a child-centered, progressive approach that seeks to nurture children’s natural wonder through inquiry based and experiential learning. Working in multi-age classrooms (K/1, 2/3, 4/5, and a self-contained 6th Grade), teachers collaborate with their grade level colleagues to plan and implement Readers and Writer’s Workshop, Bridges Math, and an interdisciplinary and experiential Social Studies unit.
With a strong and historic commitment to social emotional learning, Walden is known for helping students become compassionate community members while developing the confidence to find their own voice and advocate for themselves.
This position is for the 2021-2022 school year. Candidates must be available to teach on campus.
Key responsibilities include the following: • Developing new and adapting existing curricular units for the Pre-K-6th grade students. • Overseeing and maintaining the campus garden as part of our 2nd and 3rd grade urban sustainability initiative. • Maintaining strong connections to nature, and cultivating a love of exploring the outdoors with children • Leading and participating in 4 outdoor education trips per year to Joshua Tree, Astrocamp, Catalina Island Marine Institute, and the Teton Science School in Jackson Hole as connections to the science curriculum. • Communicating about student progress: writing progress reports, holding parent conferences as needed to keep student needs a priority.
Qualifications and Requirements: • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred • Prior science teaching experience (elementary, inquiry-based, cooperative/project oriented, experiential approach to learning) • Knowledge of differentiated instruction and child development • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with other teachers throughout all grade levels on campus to strengthen community and student experience • Experience in outdoor education, gardening and earth stewardship in urban and rural settings • Strong commitment to progressive pedagogy • Driven adult learner dedicated to his/ her professional growth • Sense of humor, high ethical professional standards, and an equity perspective • Passion for working with children and the ability to be patient, understanding and reflective
Additional Salary Information: Salary is competitive and dependent upon experience. Walden offers a strong package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), Flexible Spending programs, tuition remission, and robust professional development opportunities.
About The Walden School
Walden School is a Pre-K through 6th grade progressive independent school, enrolling 230 students in Pasadena, California. For more information, please visit our website waldenschool.net